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Tom Brady donates 10 million meals through Wheels Up partnership amid COVID-19
Al Powers / ESPN Images (NEW YORK) -- Tom Brady is one of the many athletes giving back during the novel coronavirus pandemic.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback announced he is donating 10 million meals to Feeding America on Thursday to help those in need during this time.The donation was made through Brady's partnership with private aviation company Wheels Up for its "Meals Up" initiative. Proud to partner with @WheelsUp for their #MealsUp Initiative to supply 10 million meals to @FeedingAmerica. https://t.co/Pa4ctCEF1G — Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 2, 2020 Feeding America expressed their appreciation for his contribution in a tweet. "Such...
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Report: Sammy Watkins restructures contract with Chiefs
33ft/iStock (NEW YORK) — Sammy Watkins is reportedly staying put in Kansas City.A source tells ESPN the 26-year-old wide receiver has agreed to restructure his contract with the Chiefs.The new deal includes a no-trade clause and $7 million in incentives. It tops out at a value of $16 million, the source told ESPN.Watkins appeared to confirm the news with a tweet Friday morning. Im back KC LETS GET IT..! #RUNITBACKTOUR — King me (@sammywatkins) April 3, 2020 In his past two seasons with Kansas City, Watkins has appeared in 24 regular season games, catching 92 passes and scoring six touchdowns.Copyright...
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New England Patriots plane transports 1.7 million N95 masks from China amid pandemic
Maddie Meyer/Getty Images (BOSTON) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has partnered with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to purchase 1.4 million N95 masks from China as the U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to rise.Kraft also personally purchased an additional 300,000 N95 masks for New York state, which has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The supplies were flown on the Patriots' personal plane.Kraft wanted to assist New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo out of respect and admiration for his leadership, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.“It is an honor...
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NFL agent Buddy Baker says his parents died from COVID-19 six minutes apart
Courtesy of Alyssa Baker (NEW YORK) -- On March 31, Baker announced that both of his parents, Stuart Baker, 74, and Adrian Baker, 72, died due to complications from the coronavirus. The couple had been married for 51 years, he said, and died just six minutes apart.“My parents were two amazing individuals who impacted mine and many others' lives, and unfortunately [we] tragically lost them both within minutes of each other," Baker told ABC News. "There is an opportunity here for people to realize that [they] can have an impact by stopping the spread of the virus."Baker took to Twitter...
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NFL agent's parents die 6 minutes apart
da-kuk/iStock (NEW YORK) -- NFL agent Buddy Baker said his parents died six minutes apart from COVID-19.The couple, married for 51 years, were in "perfect health" before contracting the virus, Baker said in a video posted to Twitter."Hopefully this can be a catalyst for a change. Practice social distancing, wash your hands as regularly as you can and importantly stay at home," said Baker, who represents Washington Redskins running back Terry McLaurin and Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle, among others. In loving memory of my mom and dad- please make the tough and right choice and help stop the...
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Wimbledon canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic
kireewongfoto/iStock (LONDON) -- The 2020 Wimbledon championships has been canceled due to the escalating worldwide coronavirus pandemic and will next be held from June 28 to July 11, 2021.Ian Hewitt, chairman of the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, said Wednesday in a statement, "This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen.""It has weighed heavily on our minds that the staging of The Championships has only been interrupted previously by World Wars...
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NBA players who've beaten COVID-19 to donate blood for new treatment
cmannphoto/iStock (NEW YORK) -- At least four NBA players who have recovered from COVID-19 plan to donate blood for an experimental treatment that could help high-risk patients overcome the virus, according to Dr. Michael Joyner, a member of the leadership team of the National COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Project.The experimental therapy, called convalescent plasma, utilizes the antibodies in blood donated from recovered patients to potentially curb the virus in the sickest patients.Joyner, an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said Tuesday that his team will work with players to find donation sites.On Sunday, the NBA league office reached out to team physicians...
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Tokyo Olympics will open in July 2021
CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The 2020 Summer Olympics officially have a new start date after being postponed a year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Games in Tokyo will kick off on July 23, 2021, Japanese organizers announced Monday. That’s almost exactly a year to the day of when the opening ceremony was originally scheduled for in 2020 -- July 24.The closing ceremony, meanwhile, will now be held on Aug. 8, 2021.The organizers also announced Monday that the Paralympics were rescheduled to open on Aug. 24, 2021, and close on Sept. 5, 2021.Copyright © 2020,...
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Peyton Manning drops by University of Tennessee online class to surprise students
iStock (KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) -- Football legend Peyton Manning surprised University of Tennessee students in an online class Thursday.Students in a communication studies senior Capstone class were shocked to see Manning suddenly appear on their Zoom chat after their professor, John Haas, said, "Mr. Thompson, I think you're late for class."The former professional football player, a two-time Super Bowl champion, then responded, "I'm sorry Dr. Haas. It's been a while. It's been at least since 1996 or 7 since I've been in a class."Manning graduated from UT in 1997 and often shows off his pride for the Vols.Manning then shared a...
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Katelyn Ohashi teams up with gym to help gymnasts work out at home
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- While many fitness centers have closed their doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, one gym in the New York City borough of Brooklyn is taking to social media to keep many of their members active at home.When Gotham Gymnastics, a facility for aspiring young gymnasts, was forced to temporarily close due to government mandates, its CEO and co-founder Daniel Miranda as well as team director and co-founder Ana Nunes came up with the idea to take their workout sessions to Instagram. "We did this for our girls first," Miranda told ABC News in an interview on...
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